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Telling Tales

Number three

Wilson Living Magazine

So, I was sitting in Court this past Friday, speaking with my friend Melanie.

Melanie is an excellent lawyer, and also a new Mom to a 7 month old baby girl.

We were looking at her phone as she was showing off some photos of her precious girl, and we kept scrolling and scrolling and scrolling and . you get the picture.

This is her Baby #1.

If you have kids, then you know the story behind Baby #1.


Ask Ken Beck

Happy 100th birthday to Cousin Minnie Pearl!

Dear Ken: How old would Minnie Pearl be if she were living?

How-w-w-DEE-E-E-E! Im jest so proud you asked. The country comic, who was born Sarah Ophelia Colley in Centerville, Tenn., would have notched her 100th birthday on Oct. 25. A star of the Grand Ole Opry for more than 50 years, Cousin Minnie was also on Hee Haw from 1969 until 1991. A graduate of Ward-Belmont College (today known as Belmont University), the wonderful woman debuted as Minnie Pearl in 1939 and debuted on the Opry in 1940. Colley married Henry R. Cannon in 1947. The couple had no children. Their home was located next door to the Tennessee Governors Mansion. The grand old comedienne, who battled breast cancer, died in 1996 at age 83 of complications from a stroke The Minnie Pearl Cancer Foundation was founded in her memory. In 1966, she had a top-10 country hit with Giddyup Go Answer, a response to a hit by Red Sovine, her only chart hit.


General Lifestyle

W.P.A Day celebrates state parks birth

Cedars of Lebanon crowd will feast on cornbread, pinto beans

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The Wilson Post

There will old-time exhibits aplenty at Saturdays W.P.A. Day at Cedars of Lebanon State Park, but the star attraction may be cornbread and beans.

This years homage to those hardy men and women who helped build Wilson Countys state park and state forest features a cornbread cooking contest, plus free vittles all day. Translation: all the pinto beans and cornbread you can eat.

Another peak event will be the opening of a time capsule to uncover what was deposited inside when the park was dedicated 75 years ago in 1937.

A part of W.P.A Day is demonstrations on how life was back in that time, but this also offers a sense of place for people who have relatives or family who lived here or worked here in what is now the forest. So its a reunion for them, said Cedars of Lebanon Interpretive Ranger Buddy Ingram.


Our Feathered Friends

Our Feathered Friends - Oct. 3


My Hummers are starting to thin out a bit as the weather here has cooled and fall is in the air. There are maybe 10 to 15 that are still fighting for their place in the lunch line, which is down quite different from the 40 or 50 that were here. I have just returned from a pilgrimage through my neighborhood to retrieve all my Hummer feeders, wash them and put them up for the winter season. I will still keep out a pair on the front porch just in case of stragglers who might have missed the first boatload. I had rather err on the side of the Hummers.


Guest Column

Cumberland College, the Junior Years


I was 5 years old in Ms. Alice Barbies Kindergarten on South Tarver when Gaye Baird hired my mother, Dorothy Lee, to be a secretary in the Admissions office at Cumberland College. Gaye Baird, Charlie Gregory, Bonnie Fakes, Merlin Sanders, Dean Howard, Dean Robinson, Kenneth Hawkins, Mary Templeton, Mrs. Imogene Ahles, Dr. Ernest L. Stockton...the names and faces are etched in my memory. You see, I was a latch-key kid back when you could let a 5-year-old walk across back yards to school. We lived on Cleveland Avenue, a block away from Cumberland.

The following year as a 1st grade student at McClain Elementary, I continued to walk to school, but it was after the last bell rang that things would get interesting...

Around the block and down South Hatton I would walk to Memorial Hall. It was there, every afternoon from 3:15 to 4 p.m. when mom got off, that I made my rounds of the Admissions Office, the Deans offices and the financial office where Mrs. Templeton and Mr. Hawkins carefully counted the debits and credits of Student accounts. The only office I didnt wander into was Dr. Stocktons. Mrs. Ahles guarded the Presidents Office in her polite and efficient manner and when Dr. Stockton would chance on me in the halls, he would politely say hi and keep about his business of running the school.

Losing friends? Ask yourself, Am I a continual pain or a continuous one?"


You can use this for your column. Ive looked it up, but the explanation is unclear. What is the difference between continuous and continual?-Smart Friend

Its so good to have smart friends; their conversation alone is priceless. Embroider that on something.

Which makes me think of Alice Roosevelt Longworth. She famously displayed an embroidered pillow which read, If you havent got anything nice to say about anybody, come sit next to me. You can purchase a T-shirt sporting that from Caf Press (online) or look around locally and have it done. Nice to wear on those days youre feeling the misanthropy (general hatred, disdain, or mistrust of the human species or human nature). The political season tends to bring on the misanthropy. The U.S. presidential season brings on the misanthropy all right and the heart attacks and the strokes and some highly questionable version of truth.


At the Movies

Looper is smart, gritty and awesome

The Wilson Post

In 2044, an unnamed city in Kansas is ruled by the mob, filled with poor people in tent cities and zipping through this wasteland in fancy sports cars are brash, young assassins called Loopers, who work for the mob killing people sent to them from the future in the year 2074.

The film "Looper" focuses on the assassin Joe (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), who is billed as one of, if not the best at his job. In Joes world of 2044, time travel doesnt exist, but 30 years in the future it does, so mobsters pay Joe and his fellow Loopers to kill those who cross them and the Loopers live a seemingly wealthy life.

That is until someone starts closing the loops by sending the assassins their older-selves to kill, meaning Loopers have a 30-year shelf life. When the mob sends Joes older self (played by Bruce Willis) for execution, older Joe is ready and waiting. He outsmarts the younger Joe and goes on the run.


General News

Councilors to consider flooding issues in special meeting Wednesday

The Wilson Post

Lebanon City Council will hold a special called meeting at 5:30 tonight for the second reading of an ordinance councilors hope will address the drainage and flooding issues in each of the six wards.

After hearing complaints from the citizens during Tuesdays regular meeting, councilors voted last night to withdraw $600,000 from the reserve fund which will give roughly $100,000 to be used for projects in their respective wards.

Last night, out of the blue, we had overwhelming support to show the citizens that the council is concerned about the drainage issues, Lebanon Mayor Philip Craighead said, adding that while there has always been a list of needs, the city has never had the money to go and resolve all of them.

First October tornado ever in Wilson hits Monday

The Wilson Post

Wilson County made history on Monday as the first tornado to ever occur here during the month of October was confirmed during a survey Tuesday by the National Weather Service Office in Old Hickory and Wilson County Emergency Management Agency.

Sam Shamburger, meteorologist with the NWS who also went on the storm survey, said the EF-0 tornado that struck the Statesville area was the first tornado in the (weather services) database in October in Wilson County. Its kind of surprising, but thats what it says.

He added that one of his colleagues said, we made history.

Wilson County might make history again the first of next week as temperatures may drop into the mid 30s, bringing the first frost to the area.

Fortunately, no one was injured as the line of severe weather moved through on Monday. A tornado warning was issued for southeastern Wilson County to include the Statesville area at about 5:45 p.m.

We came out with Wilson County Emergency Management and saw damage around the Statesville area and found an EF-0 tornado touched down 1 mile southwest of Statesville and ended about 1 mile northwest of town. It was on the ground about 2 miles, he said.

Man charged in Tuesday shooting

The Wilson Post

A Lebanon man turned himself in and was arrested Tuesday afternoon for the attempted murder of a woman on Beckwith Road after the victim was found shot multiple times.

Corey Clemmons, 38, of 120 Upton Heights, reportedly turned himself in to the Wilson County Sheriffs Department and is charged with Criminal Attempted Homicide for allegedly shooting his girlfriend.

As our officers were on the call, the suspect called our dispatcher and said he was going to turn himself in, said Interim Sheriff Robert Bryan.

Sheriffs deputies were called to 5869 Beckwith Road around 3 p.m. Tuesday, for a reported shooting and found a female victim, identified as Gretchen L. Crowe, 29, also of 120 Upton Heights, with multiple gunshots to the upper part of her body.

Mechanical failure at substation knocks out power to 5,000

The Wilson Post

A mechanical failure at an electrical substation on Eastgate Boulevard caused about 5,500 homes and businesses to lose power for a short period Wednesday afternoon.

Todd Palmer, communications coordinator for Middle Tennessee Electric Membership Corporation, said the substation located in the 8000 block of Eastgate Boulevard experienced a mechanical failure or electrical short around 1 p.m. that caused a power outage.

We had what I can only describe as a mechanical failure at the substation, Palmer said.

The incident caused power to go out around Highway 109 and Eastgate Boulevard, as well as in homes west of Lebanon, and outages were also reported in the Providence MarketPlace area of Mt. Juliet. Palmer said in all about 5,500 members were affected.

Traffic lights were out in those areas as well, but he said MTEMC crews on-site had the power back online in about 30 minutes.

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